Have you ever forgotten something? Forgot where you put your keys or forgotten someone’s name? By most accounts this kind of forgetfulness is normal. There are many reasons why we are forgetful: stress, inattentiveness, lack of sleep, and poor diet. Sometimes more serious factors cause memory loss: Alzheimer’s disease, thyroid disorders, and depression, to name just a few.
Regardless of the factors that cause memory loss, you shouldn’t sit still and do nothing. Sometimes memory loss is a temporary problem that might be alleviated by trying something, anything! Aside from visiting a doctor, one of the easiest things to do to try to alleviate your memory loss is to change your diet.
More magazine published an article entitled How to Feed Your Brain which contained suggestions of what to eat to improve your memory:
- Eat chocolate. It increases blood flow to your brain. Chocolate contains flavonols which move blood through the brain. But, it must contain 70% cocoa. And who doesn’t love chocolate?
- Apple juice. Apple juice helps brain cells communicate by getting more magnesium into your system. Magnesium supposedly will help fight memory lapses and help brain cells communicate with each other, which is ultimately what you want.
- Berries and turmeric help fight off inflammation (not in the same meal, please). Berries and turmeric help fight inflammation which makes your memory go bad (aka cognitive decline). So…eat lots of berries (fruit is healthy anyway) and eat spicy foods that contain turmeric (like Indian food, yum) and you’ll be SMART again! Or at least, you’ll remember what you ate for dinner.
- Fish keeps the brain flexible. Bruce from Finding Nemo had it right: fish are friends. Fatty Fish contains DHA (and omega-3s!) which helps slow down mild cognitive impairment. Again, this is what you want.
- Water. Don’t get dehydrated. Drink water or foods with water in them: watermelon, peaches, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. Sounds like a yummy salad to me.
- Fix what broke: walnuts, almonds, and green tea can be like Bob the Builder in your brain, fixing stuff that isn’t as healthy as it should be.
Adding these goodies to your diet sounds easy. It looks to me like one should eat fruits and veggies, water, nuts and plenty of Indian (yum) food. If you do all these things, you might keep your brain smart. Or at least from eroding any more.
Good luck and happy eating!
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